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Google finds evidence of Russia-linked ads on YouTube, search and Gmail

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Google finds evidence of Russia-linked ads on YouTube, search and Gmail

Russian agents bought ads on Google on YouTube, Google search, Gmail, and the company’s ad network DoubleClick in an attempt to influence the election results, the Washington Post reported.

Google is now conducting an investigation on suspicious advertising, trying to get a clearer picture of the extent Russian actors may have used it to try to interfere with the elections, the Financial Times reported.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the ads mainly concerned controversial issues rather than promoting a specific candidate. Google said that there is evidence that the Russian government spent $4,700 on ads on its platforms, while Russia-linked accounts spent $53,000.

The revelations follow closely the news about Russian operatives having bought Facebook ads intending to influence voters. Google is among the tech companies that the US Congress has called to testify as part of the investigations into Russian interference in the US elections.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-10-10 11:11

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